Book Review

Review — Caraval by Stephanie Garber

I have been seeing the Caraval cover on Twitter forever, and seeing people rave about the book as well. It always sounded interesting, but I hadn’t ever picked it up. As luck would have it, my mother-in-law brought it home on winter break and let me borrow it when she was finished with it. I’m so glad she did! Other than thinking it sounded good, the author is part of the line up for North Texas Teen Book Festival, and to be quite honest I’ve hardly read any of the 76(?) authors that are going to be there, so I thought I should read a few, although my experience is that even if you haven’t read their books, you can still appreciate what is being said in the panels. Continue reading “Review — Caraval by Stephanie Garber”

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Review — The Speaker by Traci Chee

I was on one of the campuses I often substitute teach on, and I had a class in the library when I looked over and the librarian had a nice stack of just-out-of-the-box books. In beautiful purple and gold, there was The Speaker, Book Two of Sea of Ink and Gold. I could have died. When I told her I had read and loved The Reader and couldn’t wait to read The Speaker, she let me borrow it! I  am so very grateful to her! I read The Reader almost exactly one year ago, and I’m posting this review a year later on the dot, which is pretty cool timing. Here’s my Review. Continue reading “Review — The Speaker by Traci Chee”

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Blog Tour & Review — Elephant Dreams

BNR Elephant Dreams PNG.pngELEPHANT DREAMS

by

MARTHA DEERINGER

Genre: Young Adult / Historical Fiction / Sweet Romance

Publisher: Melange Books

Date of Publication: September 2, 2017

Number of Pages: 224

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Review — The Bone Witch by Rin Chupeco

I’d seen this book mentioned on Twitter several times, and I thought it sounded interesting, so I borrowed the audiobook from Hoopla.

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Stacking the Shelves · Tag/Meme

Stacking the Shelves – October 7

Stacking the Shelves

Hello there! Stacking the Shelves is hosted by Tynga’s Reviews. Usually a weekly meme, mine pop up on a monthly basis. These are the books I’ve acquired since the September edition. Titles link to Goodreads.

Bought

A Pizza My Heart (Pizzathology book 1) edited by Jolene Haley

SELIA’S Promise: A Short Story by Christina McMullen

Borrowed

Until It Fades by K.A. Tucker

The Bone Witch by Rin Chupeco (audiobook)

Won/Gifted/ARC

 

What did you add to your shelves recently?

❤ Julia

Stacking the Shelves · Tag/Meme

Stacking the Shelves – September 2

Stacking the Shelves

Hello there! Stacking the Shelves is hosted by Tynga’s Reviews. Usually a weekly meme, mine pop up on a monthly basis. These are the books I’ve acquired since the August edition. Titles link to Goodreads.

Bought

Death on Paradise Creek by Dianne Smithwick-Braden

The Watchmaker’s Daughter by C.J. Archer

Borrowed

Safe Bet by Monica Murphy

Won/Gifted/ARC

Down A Lost Road: Extended Edition by J. Leigh Bralick

What did you add to your shelves recently?

❤ Julia

Book Review

Review – Beastly Bones by William Ritter

At the beginning of the year I read Jackaby by William Ritter. You can see my review here.

I’m fortunate enough to have access to both Overdrive and Hoopla through my library, and I borrowed the ebook version of Beastly Bones from Hoopla.


Young Adult / Historical Fiction / Mystery

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I’ve found very little about private detective R. F. Jackaby to be standard in the time I’ve known him. Working as his assistant tends to call for a somewhat flexible relationship with reality . . .

In 1892, New Fiddleham, New England, things are never quite what they seem, especially when Abigail Rook and her eccentric employer, R. F. Jackaby, are called upon to investigate the supernatural. First, members of a particularly vicious species of shape-shifters disguise themselves as a litter of kittens. A day later, their owner is found murdered, with a single mysterious puncture wound to her neck. Then, in nearby Gad’s Valley, dinosaur bones from a recent dig go missing, and an unidentifiable beast attacks animals and people, leaving their mangled bodies behind. Policeman Charlie Cane, exiled from New Fiddleham to the valley, calls on Abigail for help, and soon Abigail and Jackaby are on the hunt for a thief, a monster, and a murderer. (Goodreads)


I just love how quick the story moves along, and I think Ritter does a good job of capturing the language and pacing of the literature that emerged in/around the time the Jackaby series is set in. I love how all the pieces of the story come together. There is a lot of wit in the writing.

I didn’t think this installment was quite as entertaining as the first, but I still very much enjoyed reading it. I look forward to reading Ghostly Echoes sometime, although it may be another few months before I get around to it.

4 of 5 stars

Have you read this series? Did you enjoy it?

❤ Julia